Our first cruise- I am the nerd of our marriage so I had done tons of research, joined the chat rooms, and did a lot of trip advisor shopping.
That being said we for a month and a half tried to decide what cruise line to go on, what port to go out of and duration. We chose Carnival, we wanted to go to Cozumel and were on a budget so the rest settled into place. We booked our cruise in January for September sailing. In April a couple decided to join us. Then the real research and waiting began. I have to say all my research panned out very well and helped tremendously. We got to Galveston early about 10:30 and were on the ship by 11:45. Zone one boarding and an empty ship to mill around, take pictures and get acquainted with our "dream boat". We had some complications and were not able to leave port until 11:15 during our sail-a-way show. This made us a little late in Jamaica which I will explain later. The first full day at sea, we did the spa tour, the CC mix&Mingle and secret door tour and a cabin crawl. Got to see a lot, but was never got to see a balcony room. I have seen pictures so we are ok.
The second day we did some shows, did a private training, soaked up some rays and just enjoyed the ship life.
Our cabin was just right for two. It had 3 closets, 4 drawers. The bathroom had shelves for our stuff and enough room in the shower to get the job done. The room was clean and efficient. Since it was an inside cabin, it got real dark once the lights were off. When someone walked by you could hear them talk but never heard the neighbors except the toilets! Our friends had the same room but with the bunk-bed option in the ceiling. I think it would have been cramped with 4 people in it. Next time we would like a window, just to say we have done it, but the value of the inside cabin might change our minds.